On Canaan's Side (Paperback)
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Paperback 272 Pages / Published: 05/04/2012
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'As they used to say in Ireland, the devil only comes into good things.' Narrated by Lilly Bere, On Canaan's Side opens as she mourns the loss of her grandson, Bill. The story then goes back to the moment she was forced to flee Dublin, at the end of the First World War, and follows her life through into the new world of America, a world filled with both hope and danger. At once epic and intimate, Lilly's narrative unfurls as she tries to make sense of the sorrows and troubles of her life and of the people whose lives she has touched. Spanning nearly seven decades, it is a novel of memory, war, family-ties and love, which once again displays Sebastian Barry's exquisite prose and gift for storytelling.

Publisher: Faber & Faber
ISBN: 9780571226542
Number of pages: 272
Weight: 212 g
Dimensions: 198 x 126 x 16 mm
Edition: Main

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“The Defining Past”

Sebastian Barry certainly knows how to write a beautiful novel. He has a way with language that sweeps you along with his characters, tracing lives full of tragedy and occasional elation.

Here, Lilly is forced from... More

Paperback edition
26th April 2012
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“A moving read”

I had read The Secret Scripture but, in all honesty, had little recollection of the content. I initially thought this book would be very wordy and ponderous. I was then drawn in to a very moving tale with some... More

Hardback edition
14th July 2011
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“An interesting idea”

Probably aimed at an older audience than that of myself, 'On Canaan's side' tells the devastating story of Lilly who reminisces back through her life sharing a tale which is heartbreaking, heart-warming... More

Hardback edition
7th July 2011
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